Round art has existed for centuries. Examples of round art can be seen in Greek Antiquity. There were varieties of it (round-shaped painting or sculptures). It has also been used as a design element in architecture since the Renaissance and played an important role.
Favored by Raphael for Madonna paintings, round artworks have been created by artists since Greek antiquity when they used to decorate vases and bottoms of wine glasses. Since then it has been less common.
Round painting was revived in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Italy. The round paintings in the center of painted vases of that period are known as tondi.
A Tondo is a special area of art. It comes from Italian “rotondo” that means round. This style appeared in Italy and named “desco da parto” (it is a birth tray or birth salver). It was very important on the occasion of the successful birth in Early Modern Florence.
However, the term "tondo" is used for paintings and sculpture over 60 cm in diameter in English art.
Nowdays, there are a thousand varieties of round artwork that includes flowers, vinyl records, wood prints, posters, greeting cards, round canvas and even more. Round art is getting more popular.
The popularity of it seems to have lead many artists and our artists from Trend Gallery are not an exception. They created their own awesome round paintings: